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Rafael Nadal survives Lucas Pouille scare to progress at China Open

Oct 03, 2017 21:18 IST
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Rafael Nadal survived two match points to defeat Lucas Pouille 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 in an enthralling first-round match at the China Open. Nadal was appearing on the ATP World Tour for the first time since claiming his 16th Grand Slam at the US Open last month, though he did help Team Europe win the inaugural Laver Cup during the intervening period. The World No. 1 was frequently forced to play on the back foot by the big-hitting Pouille, but the Frenchman paid the price for failing to convert a pair of second-set opportunities to complete the win. (Video Credit: SNTV)